Alive in Wonderland Storybox

Past Pieces


“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
So, here is my finished Alice in Wonderland Storybox. I have loved making this one- trying to make it atmospheric, and a little strange, but without overcrowding it with detail. Can you see Alice? She is standing at the base of the tree. She is a 1930’s painted metal (possibly lead) figure, in a blue dress, with an apron. Alice is conversing with the Cheshire cat in the tree. The cat himself is an early 1900’s cast metal medallion shaped sculpture, with glass eyes – very unusual. The tree he is sitting in, I have formed from twisted wire, and the leaves are from a 1940’s/50’s cold painted metal necklace. Around the inside edge of the box is running the softest green silk velvet, circa the late 1800’s. The beautiful, slightly sculptural round flowers are velvet and silk millinery flowers circa 1910/20’s. The stems and leaves I have hand embroidered. On both sides of the storybox is the most amazing surreal grey and white tatting trim, circa early 1900’s. Behind that is a grey patterned 1930’s fabric, on to which is formed in wire, and embroidered, the quote “we’re all mad here”. It is all set inside a 1930’s wooden box, and there is a brass 1900’s handle to the top.